Tom Jenney is Senior Legislative Advisor for the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers. As director of AFT in 2006, Jenney helped to reduce state income and property taxes, and helped lead the fight to pass Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. From 2007 to 2017, Jenney served as Arizona state director of Americans for Prosperity, winning multiple legislative and local government victories on tax policy, privatization, budget reform and worker freedom. In November 2010, Jenney and AFP-Arizona were helpful in passing Prop 106, the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act, and Prop 113, the Save Our Secret Ballot Act. In 2012, AFP-Arizona led the successful fight against the Arizona ObamaCare insurance exchange, and helped in defeating the Prop 204 permanent sales tax increase.
Since 2004, Jenney has overseen the publication of the AFT-AFP “Friend of the Taxpayer” Legislative Scorecard, which is often cited by candidates and their opponents in primary and general election fights. Since 2007, Jenney has also overseen the publication of AFP-Arizona’s Local Government Scorecard, which grades city council members and county supervisors on taxes and spending.
Jenney is a Tucson native and a 1988 graduate of University High School. He earned an associate’s degree from the New Mexico Military Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Jenney has worked for the Institute for Justice and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and done translations for the International Center for Pension Reform in Santiago, Chile. From 2002 to 2004, he was communications director of the Goldwater Institute. Jenney taught government, economics and Spanish at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, and worked for the UNIQUE Learning Center, an inner-city after-school program in Washington, DC. He is treasurer for the Arizona School Choice Trust. He attends Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, is happily married, and is the adoring father of two children.
Tom can be reached via AFP Arizona’s website www.afpaz.com
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